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Governor O’Malley Announces Preservation Of 214 Acres Of Forest And Farm Land In Baltimore, Harford Counties
ANNAPOLIS – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the Board of Public Works has approved preservation of more than 238 acres of forest and farm land in Baltimore and Harford counties through Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program.
“We are happy to enable landowners to continue to own and use their property while protecting the cultural, environmental and economic legacies of our rural communities through this nationally recognized program,” Governor O’Malley said.
In Baltimore County, the board approved preservation of more than 97 acres of forested and agricultural land along the Gunpowder River and more than 102 acres within the Piney Run Watershed.
In Harford County, the board approved preservation of more than 38 acres of wood land and farm land in the Lower Deer Creek area.
Since 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has provided funding to preserve more than 58,595 acres of forest and farm land throughout the state to protect the rural character of the state’s communities from sprawl development.
Chaired by Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works is also comprised of Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The Board is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.
August 20, 2008
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov